The Skinny on Diet Soda

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from TIME Magazine,

Is it time to kick artificial sugars out of the can?

Diet soda gives you a sugar rush far stronger than the granulated stuff in a sugar bowl ever could–and for no calories. But research is mounting that low- and no-calorie sweeteners may not be great choices for dieters. A recent study found that over nine years, diet-soda drinkers gained nearly triple the abdominal fat–3 in. (8 cm)–as those who didn’t drink diet soda. Though scientists are still puzzling over how this may happen, here’s what they think is going on.

1. Not all sweetness satisfies.

2. That can lead to overeating.

3. It may also mess with your microbes.

4. It might be bad for your heart.

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